Curo Construction was appointed to redevelop and create the new Mary Ward Adult Learning Centre in Stratford, London.
The existing building has an overall gross internal area of approximately 18,000 sq ft across lower ground, ground, and two upper floors. The team undertook extensive structural alterations to the existing frame and delivered new extensions, increasing the overall gross internal area to around 36,600 sq ft and adding third and fourth floors.
The project included new façades on all elevations, featuring glass, metal, and vertical shading fins on the Stratford High Street frontage, and an uncluttered brick slip system with metal window units on other façades.
The interior fit-out featured high-end, functional materials and emphasized exposed structural elements. A unique metal staircase was created within a newly constructed open atrium space from the ground to the fourth floor, with two passenger lifts serving all floors. LTHW underfloor heating was installed throughout, with VRF equipment providing cooling to certain spaces. In line with the internal design, most services were cleaned, painted, and left exposed.
The lower ground level of the building was extended to accommodate a new substation enclosure and a kiln for a pottery facility, which occupied most of the teaching area on the lower ground floor. Additionally, the existing service ramp to the rear of the building was altered to raise the levels, and a retaining wall was constructed to facilitate easier manoeuvring for delivery vehicles, reducing the impact on the bustling Stratford High Street.